It’s Not Fluff, It’s Science. It’s Biology
Trust is cornerstone to so much in life. It’s no different in business. For as often as we hear people snicker at the mention of things like ‘soft skills’, the concept of trust is literally the basis of…. so much.
It’s scientifically proven that as human beings, we will go to great lengths to achieve a sense of belonging. When we feel a sense of connection, we tend to be more comfortable. When we trust those we spend time with, we generally feel a greater level of confidence with innovative ideas. Our productivity mirrors that. Our level of presence is honed. Managers radars aren’t as fixated or tense.
It’s no secret that our primitive ancestors built huts or homes and in turn, created their own little communities. Throughout history, people did this because it was safer to be together. They also did this because sharing the workload makes it a lot easier on everyone. Being together meant there was an inherent level of trust that was critical to survival. Should an enemy near, they had a ‘community’ to defend. It simply wasn’t safe to be alone.
Consider shamanesses or tribal chieftains – regardless of culture, what was the common thread of the greatest leaders? Same answers that we find in today’s greatest leaders…
From a scientific standpoint, the primordial aspect remains exactly the same. Our brains are hard-wire to want to connect with others. We are hard-wired to want to belong. It’s the open-loop limbic system that serves us so well. It’s what enables us to be there for one another. The really impressive part about the open-loop limbic system is that the people in our lives can literally shift our physiology.
Same exact thing applies in the workplace. Our work as leaders is far, far easier when it’s in our favor.
If you want to test your neuroanatomy, try sharing a good laugh with someone. It is the most powerful way for brain-to-brain connections. Better yet – take heed to the importance of your leadership.